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Avoiding Online Job Scams

Fraudulent recruiters can be found anywhere you can find job offers, and they can be incredibly persistent and clever in how they market their 'opportunities'. Arm yourself against scammers by learning to identify 'Red Flags' in job offers and how to do your own research!

Some Common   Red Flags  :

1. The recruiter's email is a personal account (Examples: gmail, yahoo, outlook, etc  )

2. The recruiter's email domain does not match the company domain(Examples:  vs  )

3. The company website looks highly unprofessional or does not work 

4. The recruiter never provides a phone number or physical address  , and will only communicate through email or text messages 

5. You are offered a position without having an in-person, phone, or skype interview 

6. The recruiter sends you a large check before you've done any work, asks you to transfer money or purchase gift cards 

7. You are asked to provide personal details, access to your personal bank account, or other sensitive information without having first gone through an official hiring process   

8. The job being offered is all done remotely and requires you to 'run errands' without ever meeting the recruiter 

9. The job description is vague, focuses more on the money you'll be making than the responsibilities, or offers very high pay for low skill requirements 

10.      If the job seems too good to be true, it probably is!   

"What do I do if I've found a red flag?"

A red flag means you need to proceed with caution and do some research. Multiple red flags means it's likely a scam!

Conducting Research:

When considering any job or opportunity, be sure to conduct your own research about the company online first!

1. Look them up online, inspect their website, and review the 'about us' and 'contact us' sections

2. Search for them on google maps and confirm that any locations listed are legitimate

3. Search for reviews about the company on Glassdoor, Indeed, LinkedIn, and Google to know more about how their employees and customers feel about them

4. Speak with your bank about the correct steps to take in the unlikely event of a money scam, such as how to freeze your account and/or reverse charges.

5. Read more about ways to outsmart scammers, identity theft, and more by visiting the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) website, where you can easily browse their full library of publications for free by clicking on a related article and viewing the PDF. The FTC also maintains a form where you can go to report scams at


If you are ever unsure of the validity of an opportunity or employer, or have questions regarding your job search, please feel free to contact the Center for Career Development:

617-333-2195 or


The Curry College Center for Career Development manages Handshake in order to provide a convenient place for employers and students to connect. All job listings are posted after close scrutiny and careful research, however the College makes no guarantees about job listings or the accuracy of the information provided by the employer. It is the responsibility of students to research employers and use caution when applying for or accepting employment opportunities from any source by use of common sense and education through this page and the sources we suggest.